Government Comes to Your Yard Sale

Posted: September 1, 2009 by April Watkins in Government Intrusion
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From yard sales to eBay, people who resell items that are no longer wanted or needed will now be held to federal standards. 

On August 6, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a press release announcing the launch of a new regulatory campaign.  Called “Resale Round-up,” the program hopes to keep dangerous recalled products out of resale stores, Internet sales, and even yard sales. 

yard saleAll re-sellers, including resale stores, online sales, yard sales and garage sales, are reminded that they must comply with the federal law which will be enforced.

CPSC’s Internet surveillance team is monitoring online retailers and auction sites for sales of recalled and hazardous products.

“Those who re-sell recalled children’s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children.”cpsc logo

The CPSC has a listing of dangerous recalls on its web site,, which anyone can check to verify if an item has been recalled. 

CPSC has released a new “Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Re-sellers” to help resellers comply with the law. It can be found at or can be ordered by calling CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

CPSC’s Top Ten list of recalled children’s products includes:


Recalled Product 


March 10, 1993

Playskool Travel-Lite Play Yards

If the side rails of the portable crib fold during use, an infant can become entrapped and suffocate. Three deaths have been reported.

June 25, 1997

Evenflo Happy Camper Play Yards

The product can collapse, trapping the child in the “V” formed by the folded top rails. The rotating plastic hinges can crack or break, presenting a sharp edge or possibly allowing the child to escape. Evenflo and CPSC are aware of three deaths involving the play yards since 1990.

January 3, 1995 & February 28, 2001

Baby Trend Home and Roam and Baby Express Portable Cribs and Play Yards

These cribs/play yards can collapse and entrap an infant. In January 2001, a 9-month-old baby in Longview, Wash., died of asphyxiation when her neck was caught in the V-shape created by the collapsed sides of her crib/play yard. CPSC is aware of a total of 6 deaths since 1990.

March 31, 2006 & April 19, 2007

Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets

Tiny magnets inside the plastic building pieces and rods can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. This product is unsuitable for young children. CPSC is aware of one death and at least 27 serious injuries.

July 19, 2007

Easy Bake Ovens

Young children can insert their hands into the oven’s front opening, and get their hands or fingers caught, posing entrapment and burn hazards.

August 14, 2007 & November 21, 2006

Polly Pocket Dolls with Magnets

Small magnets inside the dolls and accessories can come loose. The magnets can be found by young children and swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. CPSC is aware of 3 serious injuries.

July 2, 2009, September 17, 2008 & September 21, 2007

Simplicity Drop Side Cribs

The drop side can detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped which can lead to suffocation. CPSC is aware of 10 deaths associated with Simplicity drop side cribs.

September 11, 2008, August 27, 2008 & August 28, 2008

Simplicity Bassinets (also includes bassinets with Graco or Winnie the Pooh motif)

The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by velcro. The fabric is folded down when the bassinet is converted into a bed-side co-sleeping position. If the velcro is not properly re-secured when the flap is adjusted, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped between the metal bars and suffocate. CPSC is aware of at least three deaths involving Simplicity bassinets.

February 12, 2009

Hill Sportswear hooded drawstring sweatshirts

CPSC received one report of a death involving a 3-year-old boy in Fresno, Calif. He was strangled when the drawstring on the hooded sweatshirt that he was wearing became stuck on a playground set.

April 2, 2009

Evenflo Envision High Chairs

Recline fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to detach or recline unexpectedly. Children can fall backwards or fall out of the high chair and suffer bumps and bruises to the head, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached hardware also poses a choking hazard to children.

Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at

Learn more at CPSC’s new Resellers and Resale/Thrift Stores Information Center

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

  1. JimmyBean says:

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

    • Mr. Bean, thank you so much for the compliment and thanks for being a new blog fan!! Spread the word to your friends so that together we can help educate folks on what is really going on in the government. Again, many thanks!! April

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